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I'm sure a lot of you have already read this classic, but I just finished it and WOW.

Tony Robbins is incredible and the way he's able to present all of this information and make it easily digestible is fascinating.

I strongly feel like this is one of those books that anybody who is struggling to make it as a fastlaner, or even for those looking to just improve their personal lives one step at a time can drastically benefit from.

It focuses on the basics/fundamentals of human psychology (which are absolutely essential to success not just financially but in life as a whole..the sooner you realize that the quicker you'll begin to grow and gain all of the feelings that you think would come from only becoming rich and successful, such as happiness, gratitude, fulfillment, etc) behind everything that we do (how we are constantly seeking ways to gain pleasure and avoid pain), how we go through our lives with these unquestioned beliefs and convictions which in return dictate our behaviors, the way we act, the thoughts we think and the life we ultimately end up living.

Most of us live on auto-pilot without ever even digging in to the reasons behind why we do what we do and why we act the way we act...which is sad because it means we aren't in control of anything...we are living a life based on our perceptions of past experiences and outcomes and not the true reality of them, and most importantly not the way we truly want to live. We have the power to control our mind and change our destiny!

He discusses how the quality of our questions that we subconsciously ask ourselves each and every day and the words we use to craft those questions can have a significant affect on the trajectory of our lives.

Simply put, by using more empowering words and by asking better quality questions, you can focus your energy on making positives strides in your life versus negative.

Even though the book is over 500 pages, I highly highly recommend reading it.

One of the biggest takeaways I got from it (there were a LOT of them), was the concept of determining the types of states of mind and emotional feelings that you want to feel on a daily basis. Then defining your rules about them/how you know when you are feeling them, and then making an effort to figure out how to accomplish feeling each one every single day.

So many of us go through our lives without ever sitting and reflecting on what our rules are on what happiness is to us or when do we feel most happy. Instead of taking the time to do this and then committing yourself to figuring out ways to constantly feel these ways, we remain in our cycle of habits that we find most comfort in (which circles back to Tony's concept of people linking more pain to changing than to not) which typically revolves around feeling a lot more negative emotions than positive.

Anyway, just thought I'd share my two cents on the book and would love to hear others input on it. If this convinces anyone to read the book, then I'll have achieved what I sought out to do :)

Oh yea, I also wrote all of my notes regarding the book on my website right here...wasn't sure if I'm allowed to put it here but thought it would be beneficial for those who don't have the "time" to read it or are just too lazy to do so!
 

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It's been years since I've read it so I can't remember much other than A) It helped me immensely and B) I still recommend it to this day.

If one struggles with the head-game (and entrepreneurship is 80% head-game!) I highly recommend it.
 
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What was 1 thing that you implemented from the book?
Many! The questions I ask myself and words that I use, I make sure to use empowering words. Also, I have written down and determined what justifies for myself what it means to be happy, grateful, motivated, health, etc, and now when I actually achieve those things each day, I can recognize it and really feel them.

The link to your website says "server could not be found"
Sorry about that it had an extra http in it, link has been fixed!

It's been years since I've read it so I can't remember much other than A) It helped me immensely and B) I still recommend it to this day.

If one struggles with the head-game (and entrepreneurship is 80% head-game!) I highly recommend it.
Yes! Total game changer indeed. It's all in the mind baby!

It's a beast of a book, but definitely one of my few top that I'll be recommending (outside of TMF/Unscripted of course!) :)
 

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It's been years since I've read it so I can't remember much other than A) It helped me immensely and B) I still recommend it to this day.

If one struggles with the head-game (and entrepreneurship is 80% head-game!) I highly recommend it.
Well, you just made him a sale right there. Book is ordered.
 

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One of my key takeaways from the book is the practice of associating immense pain or pleasure to the different facets of your life that you wish to change. Essentially, associating pain to something you don't want and associating pleasure to what you want. Common sense stuff right? Well, I took the advice literally and defined the pain/pleasures in detail while reminding myself of them daily.

Despite having a six-figure job and being "successful" in the eyes of society, I was and continue to struggle with personal challenges as do many. After learning the principle of pain/pleasure as a motivator, I made several changes that changed my identity:
  1. I quit smoking for good. No more cigarettes or vaping.
    • Associated tremendous pain to the identity of the man that smokes/vapes
      • Created a clear picture of that man being a loser. Lost in a lack of self control, pettiness, reluctance to accept scientific facts, need for distractions, unable to deal with social pressures so needs an "escape"
      • I know this word will get me some backlash, but I don't mean it in a homophobic way. "Stop being such a fag!" is what I used to motivate myself. (a fag in my book is the little loser with no self-confidence, the coward, the petty stubborn idiot).
      • "Stop being a little fag that needs to put a JUUL in his mouth every few minutes"
      • "You're not a 16 year old boy who has his head up his a$$, you know better!"
    • Associated tremendous pleasure to the upside of quitting
      • The goal? Build stamina instead.
      • Stamina is sexy... Stamina will allow me to increase my odds of surviving an apocalypse, of ravishing my woman through the night, of preserving my health to not only play sports with my future children but to actually compete with them. Stamina will keep me lean and fit. Stamina will let me ride my horse through the battlefield of challenge with full armor, to hop off, run 5 miles, swim passed the river, slay the dragon, and conquer the challenge. (all this is hypothetical, but the Warrior is the pleasure concept I used)

I just realized that was only ONE of the ways I used this principle, and this post is already getting too long. To keep it brief, one year after embracing this pain/pleasure principle and I am in the best shape of my life: I'm currently at ~6% bodyfat, can deadlift more than twice my bodyweight, I do cardio every day and go to the gym for a minimum of 1hr every day. My abs are crisp, and thanks to all the attention I get, I wish it were socially acceptable to walk around shirtless everywhere.

And to make things more interesting, I'd like to admit that I haven't even finished the book (not even CLOSE)... I avoided the trap of "self-help porn and endless research" and began acting immediately on what I found to be a useful strategy. The book holds many more nuggets of gold, I'm sure of it. But you don't need to read the book cover to cover in order to begin seeing noticeable changes to your identity.
 

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I am about to choc more than one person. I might not to.

I read so many books from Anthony Robins, and I am douting.

He 's making great contents that I drunk his words for a long time. I do not regret it.

But.... the marketing about it, and the cost of his products are expensives for the words he pick up from other and other pick up from him. And this not bad, everybody does.

Isn't it to much for the seminars, and packages that he create, is this as much valuable he pretend?

I've been doing the mistake to get into a seminar like he does, with one person of his team. NOT HIM.

Honestly, I regreat it. MUCH.

I realised I make a dumb action just to hear a guy talking about confidence and putting strong music into my hear. People was acting like there were crazy, maybe I was.

But honestly, all the experience I had, was nothing compare to what I can learn from a book.

The best things I learn from this experience :

- not being afraid to be different (because I was the only person not enjoying on the audience)
- Analyse in a realistic way the investment that I am about to make
- A person can be the greatest mentor, that doesn't mean you have to buy the product stupidly like I did

I remember a chapter when @MJ DeMarco talk about those good speaker, and I thought right away to Anthony Rob.

It might be a wrong interpretation, but I would like to hear about the vision of others to get a different view ;)
 

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I've read about 25% of the book and, unfortunately, I can't say I like it as much as other books. Maybe it's because I recently read Atomic Habits, and the first part of Robbins' book talks a lot about habits, therefore repeating some stuff. I tend to devour books when I like them, but I can hardly get myself to read this one. I'll keep reading it even if it's slowly, everyone says it's a great book.
 

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Both AtGW and UP are hailed as fantastic books; I've only ever read about half of UP and maybe 1/5 of AtGW; because they are so incredibly dense both information and exercise wise that they get a little discouraging to even start.

Some of the most helpful techniques I picked up were quick-reframes, simple submodality edits/swishes, and mirroring for communication. I've used them to achieve results in the past but haven't built a habit of continually revisiting them due to the effort involved to make them hit hard.

AtGW is still here on my desk, I think I dropped it when I hit the NAC chapter and didn't fully understand what associating that massive pain meant, as I thought I wasn't doing enough. Seeing @AceVentures being able to hit just that chapter, cause a cataclysmically powerful chain of changes in his life in a straightforward manner, and not look back is seriously inspiring though, which means I am right back on it.
 

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I'm sure a lot of you have already read this classic, but I just finished it and WOW.

Tony Robbins is incredible and the way he's able to present all of this information and make it easily digestible is fascinating.

I strongly feel like this is one of those books that anybody who is struggling to make it as a fastlaner, or even for those looking to just improve their personal lives one step at a time can drastically benefit from.

It focuses on the basics/fundamentals of human psychology (which are absolutely essential to success not just financially but in life as a whole..the sooner you realize that the quicker you'll begin to grow and gain all of the feelings that you think would come from only becoming rich and successful, such as happiness, gratitude, fulfillment, etc) behind everything that we do (how we are constantly seeking ways to gain pleasure and avoid pain), how we go through our lives with these unquestioned beliefs and convictions which in return dictate our behaviors, the way we act, the thoughts we think and the life we ultimately end up living.

Most of us live on auto-pilot without ever even digging in to the reasons behind why we do what we do and why we act the way we act...which is sad because it means we aren't in control of anything...we are living a life based on our perceptions of past experiences and outcomes and not the true reality of them, and most importantly not the way we truly want to live. We have the power to control our mind and change our destiny!

He discusses how the quality of our questions that we subconsciously ask ourselves each and every day and the words we use to craft those questions can have a significant affect on the trajectory of our lives.

Simply put, by using more empowering words and by asking better quality questions, you can focus your energy on making positives strides in your life versus negative.

Even though the book is over 500 pages, I highly highly recommend reading it.

One of the biggest takeaways I got from it (there were a LOT of them), was the concept of determining the types of states of mind and emotional feelings that you want to feel on a daily basis. Then defining your rules about them/how you know when you are feeling them, and then making an effort to figure out how to accomplish feeling each one every single day.

So many of us go through our lives without ever sitting and reflecting on what our rules are on what happiness is to us or when do we feel most happy. Instead of taking the time to do this and then committing yourself to figuring out ways to constantly feel these ways, we remain in our cycle of habits that we find most comfort in (which circles back to Tony's concept of people linking more pain to changing than to not) which typically revolves around feeling a lot more negative emotions than positive.

Anyway, just thought I'd share my two cents on the book and would love to hear others input on it. If this convinces anyone to read the book, then I'll have achieved what I sought out to do :)

Oh yea, I also wrote all of my notes regarding the book on my website right here...wasn't sure if I'm allowed to put it here but thought it would be beneficial for those who don't have the "time" to read it or are just too lazy to do so!
Thanks for this great summary of T. Robbins' work

He added as well the concept that in order for an emotion to be meaningful and actionable it must be felt strongly.

1. Imagine the feeling of positive action or negative actions including the act of doing nothing.
2. Imagine the feeling of success following action, however you define it
3. Imagine the pain following not doing the action
4. Make it a physical sensation
5.Take action after the fact of having experienced the result of action

This idea, ever since he threw it out there 30 years ago, has been revolutionary.
Psychologists since William James - +100 years ago - had argued that you can't "feel yourself into action," you can only "act yourself into feeling." For example, if you see a bear charging you, the human body is designed in such a way that you'll run first and then feel terror second. You never feel the terror first and then decide to start running. Feeling follows action, or rather the sensation of pounding heart, sweat, tunnel vision, muscle contractions, postural change, etc. This is still the prevailing theory of emotion. Your body needs to be aroused to action before you can tag any emotional meaning on whatever you've done.

Now Robbins added a new element, and he did so without a PhD or clinical license or institutional permission of any kind. He just threw the new approach out there in the public eye and ended up changing the lives of over a billion people. What he offers is the idea that you can use your imagination to visualize action, pump up the intensity to the point that you are aroused to act, and ultimately reinforce the feeling through real-life actions. It's pretty extraordinary. He's saying you can feel yourself into action.
Arousal, emotion, habit change.
According to Robbins, physiological arousal is the key to resetting how you habitually feel.
Beliefs must be embodied experiences before you can work on them. So his crowds yell, bounce, weep, shiver, roar, even experience renal distress and the accompanied fear and low self-esteem.

He also teaches people to manage their moods and correct distorted thinking. So his programs have built in CBT, cognitive behavioral therapy.

I think he's 10 times greater than the Dalai Lama or the Pope or Mother Theresa.

It's a travesty that he's recently hooked up with Dean Graziano on a real scam to rip off the vulnerable by the 100,000s, especially innovators, with a SaaS affiliate program which can steal original ideas. It's disguised as a 4 figure program to teach anyone to write and produce an online course. There's no copyright protection nor any protection whatsover from 3rd-party theft. Sad.

I like to audio ATGW every few years when I have a 1-2 day manual task.

The AR best product ever for me was his 30-day personal development course that came out on cassettes, as a 12-volume set. The later shortened CD format trimmed out key elements that he presents only at live events now, so they say.
 

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Tony Robbins is great. At first I thought he was just another NLP snake oil salesman, but he's really good.

To anyone who knows... what is the definitive Tony Robbins product? The absolute best product regardless of cost (aside from seminars.)
 

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Tony Robbins is great. At first I thought he was just another NLP snake oil salesman, but he's really good.

To anyone who knows... what is the definitive Tony Robbins product? The absolute best product regardless of cost (aside from seminars.)
I have never done the events.
But I have read his classics and sample the audio resources.
UP and ATGW are the best books.
The single best product is the 30-Day Personal Development training program. It runs about $125. I have the original version on cassette.
 

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Great book. It helps with mindset and removing negativity from your life.
 

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I'm still trying to go through it. Reached almost half of the book, and I can't continue, it bores me to death. TFL and Unscripted wowed me. Some other books wowed me. This one didn't, unfortunately.

I wonder if I should just skip the remaining bits of part 1 and jump into part 2, hoping that it will get more interesting.
 

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